Housing, opposing war, and standing up to bigots — the June Council showed that maybe, just maybe, student politicians aren't just power hungry.
The key demands included the immediate introduction of a rent freeze, the construction of more public housing, and reversing the privatisation of public housing.
What little power that we do have, we must zealously make use of.
While the increase to YouthAllowance and Austudy will be of significance for the payments’ recipients, young people should not lose sight of the government’s distorted approach to welfare increases across the board.
Honi attended Budget lockup to assess what the Budget included for students.
Strong communities are being torn apart by the state government’s careless approach towards “renewing” public housing.
“We are seeing people turfed out of their homes. There are lines down the block just to wait to inspect unsuitable apartments full of mould, and that’s just the start.”
We are often criticised for being too negative, but what is the point of Honi if it is not.
Only sustained, widespread anger is enough to break the complacency that holds Australian housing policy in a perpetual state of inertia.
Renters should not be placed in a situation where they must risk eviction to avoid it.